You may want more cooking space, less clutter or just a more up-to-date appearance.
If you’re one of the 15% of US homeowners planning a kitchen remodel in the next 12 months, simply deciding what is best for your lifestyle and your budget can be a daunting decision.
To help you narrow down things down, here are some kitchen renovation ideas for creating the kitchen of your dreams.
Kitchen Countertops Offer a Range of Materials
There’s no shortage of options when it comes to choosing countertops. You’ll find materials in a plethora of designs and colors to fit almost any budget.
- Now the most popular according to the annual Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, quartz countertops give you durability, while adding a timeless appeal to almost any kitchen.
- Even as other materials have seen higher demand, granite countertops remain a kitchen mainstay for many homeowners.
- Marble adds classic or contemporary style to the upscale kitchen, and also looks fabulous on backsplashes and walls.
- Advanced design techniques have many homeowners taking a second look at faux marble and stone materials. These countertops are durable and come in a range of finishes including silk, satin and polished.
Kitchen Cabinets and Shelving Enhance Storage Space
Contemporary, traditional, open or below the countertop — one style definitely does not fit all when looking at kitchen cabinet design choices.
- Flat-front cabinets give your kitchen a sleek, simple, modern touch.
- If a traditional kitchen is more you, classic Shaker style cabinets add a practical, distinctive look.
- Want to show off those beautiful dishes? Open shelving offers a great storage alternative to cabinet doors.
- If you’re looking for a minimalist vibe, eschewing upper kitchen cabinets in favor of below-counter storage creates a more open, airy feel. It also leaves more space for windows and displaying art.
Kitchen Appliances Bring Function and Design Benefits
Your appliances do so much more than help you cook and clean. They can also enhance your kitchen decor.
- Picture refrigerator doors that blend in with your cabinets. Or a dishwasher that matches your drawers. Integrated appliances give you all the function you need without sticking out like a sore thumb.
- Got a big family? Or a large gathering to cook for? Consider an extra large refrigerator, an extra freezer or even multiple ovens and dishwashers.
- Look up that favorite recipe. Plan your next grocery list. Or listen to your favorite tunes while doing the dishes. Smart appliances with wifi connectivity bring the power of digital technology to your kitchen.
Kitchen Islands Add Convenience
Want to add more prep space and enhance the look of your kitchen all at the same time? A kitchen island accomplishes both tasks and more.
- A dominant feature in many larger kitchens, some homeowners install two of them.
- If you’re looking for more dining space, islands can include breakfast bars or banquet seating.
- Include built-in shelving with an island for extra storage.
- An island is also the perfect place to install an extra sink or other appliance.
Metals Accent Your Kitchen Design
Choosing the right metals for appliances and fixtures helps you accent the rest of your kitchen decor.
- Stainless steel brings a professional feel to the home kitchen.
- Polished silver finishes like chrome or nickel add a classic touch.
- Brass and mixed metals, paired with a warm color scheme, create a comforting, welcoming ambiance.
- Patina finishes, which can be achieved through techniques such as oxidation, give your fixtures a dramatic, personalized flair.
- If you’re going for a modern, industrial feel, look for heavier metals and concrete finishes.
Kitchen Sink Design Lets You Wash Up in Style
The kitchen sink is for more than cleaning up after a big meal. It can also complement the overall design of the room.
- Farmhouse sinks give your kitchen an old-fashioned, rustic feel.
- Traditional undermount sinks tend to wear well and splash less.
- If you wash lots of big pots and pans, a large, practical sink with a single bowl gives you the room you need.
- Built-in sinks, made from the same material as your countertop, create a seamless transition for clean visual appeal.
- Looking for an extra wow factor? Add a trough sink that can be used for chilling champagne, growing herbs or just an extra place for washing up.
Accessibility Means a Welcoming Kitchen for All
With multigenerational households on the rise and more people spending their golden years at home, kitchen renovations can also add convenience and safety that everyone will appreciate.
- Create ease of access with open cabinetry, pantry cabinets and other features that put cookware and food items within easy reach.
- Undercounter appliances such as microwave drawers are easier to use for homeowners wanting to follow universal design principles.
- Deep drawers, peg boards and other organization tools help you reduce clutter and simplify cooking and storage.
- Varying countertop heights lets you prepare meals while seated or standing.
Color Sets the Tone for Kitchen Design
Finally, your choice of color pulls together all of your kitchen design elements into a unified whole, as it does with every other room in the house.
- White adds a modern, minimalist feel and never goes out of style for backsplashes, floors and trim.
- Black or dark colors bring a classic, sophisticated look and are more forgiving of the inevitable wear, tear, stains and spills.
- Give your kitchen the blues. From powder blue to cobalt, more homeowners are choosing varying shades of blue for kitchen decor.
- Matte finishes add a sleek, modern look to appliances, hardware and faucets.
- If you’re looking to infuse your kitchen with a little drama, go for bold, vibrant shades for that extra pop of energy.
- Pastels can also create a fun atmosphere and look great with gray accents.
- Gold, brown and organic design create a warm, inviting glow for an update on the classic 70s kitchen.
Is it time to remodel your kitchen?
Contact Elite Renovations to learn how our professionals can turn your dream kitchen into a reality.